by Steena Holmes
Pub. Date: April 8, 2012
Source: Free review copy from WOW (Women on Writing) Book Tours for participation in a blog tour
About the Book
Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She’s the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it’s never Emma.
Because Emma’s been missing for two years.
Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan’s husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to accept Emma is gone. Megan’s life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on.
When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both families’ lives.
Megan is battling the worst nightmare of every parent – the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter, Emma, from outside her home. It happened so fast. Megan had to do something inside her house, another daughter forgot to latch the door, and Emma walked outside and was never seen again. Two long years go by and Megan refuses to stop looking for her daughter. She sees her everywhere; every golden-haired child with curls gives her pause. Many awkward, humiliating, and anguishing moments follow when she confronts the child – and realizes it is not her Emma. Her relationship with her husband and her other two daughters is almost nonexistent and severely strained. But she cannot stop. What if the one time she does not look is the time she could have saved her daughter?
Parallel to Megan’s story is the story of Jack and Dottie and their granddaughter. I fell in love with the character of Jack. He will do anything for his wife, who is beginning to battle dementia, and his granddaughter, who is the light of his life. But how does this elderly couple connect with Megan and her family?
Finding Emma is a heartwrenching story. Megan’s emotions are transparent on the page. Her fractured familial relationships are agonizing to read. Will this family ever find healing or a sense of closure? At 149 pages (PDF copy on my iPad), this is a very quick read and I guarantee you will not be able to put it down until you know the outcome (I couldn’t!). The only minor quibbles I have with this book are with the editing, especially toward the end. There were some proofing things that must have missed the editing process. As I said, they are minor, but it always bugs me when I see them in books (it is the nature of my day job to proof things, so I think I am over-sensitive to it!). It definitely did not detract from my enjoyment of the book and I would read more from this author in the future. I absolutely recommend this book to others.
Word of the Day: Tilt-a-whirl
About the Author
Author of the new heart wrenching story “Finding Emma“, Steena is a woman who believes that ‘in the end, all things succumb…to the passions of your heart’. Steena’s life revolves around her family, friends and fiction. Add some chocolate into the mix and she’s living the good life. She took those passions and made them a dream come true by pouring her heart into each of her stories.
Proceeds from each book will be donated to The Missing Children’s Society of Canada – an organization dedicated to reuniting families. Visit www.mcsc.ca for more information.
Author’s Website: www.steenaholmes.com
Scavenger Hunt – Hunt for Words and Win Prizes!
Emma has invited all of us to the carnival for a Scavenger Hunt!
We’re on the hunt for all things related to carnivals.
At each stop along our Finding Emma tour there are clues. These might be words hidden in a guest post or a “word for the day” at the bottom of a book review. Each time you find a word submit it on Steena’s Scavenger Hunt page. http://www.steenaholmes.com/
Each entry equals one ticket to win.
Please enter only one “clue” per entry. Each entry earns another chance to win.
First Prize: Work with a Bestselling Author! Our Grand Prize winner will help create a character for Steena Holmes’ next book!
Second and Third Prize Winners will each receive a signed copy of Finding Emma and a journal.
Contest runs June 4 – July 7. Open to U.S. and Canada. In the case of an international winner, the prize will be an eBook copy of Finding Emma. Three winners will be chosen at random. Winners to be announced on July 9th. Winners will be posted on Steena Holmes’ website and notified by Steena Holmes via email.
For even more fun, visit the Carnival Board on Pinterest. Steena (and Emma) love the Carnival. Come see their pictures of favorite memories of summer fun and fairs and pin up some of your own! (Hint…the pics will give you a clue to the word for the day).
Link for Scavenger Hunt on The Muffin
Link to Steena’s tour launch on The Muffin
Thanks to WOW Tours and the author, I have one (1) PDF or MOBI (Kindle) copy of Finding Emma to give away to a lucky reader!
1. Please fill out your name and email address in the contestmachine widget below.
2. The giveaway will end on Thursday July 5 at 11:59pm EST.
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4. Failure to respond to my notification e-mail will result in forfeiture of your prize and another winner will be selected.
5. Please ensure that you can read either a PDF or MOBI (Kindle) version of this book before you enter this giveaway. IT IS NOT FOR A PRINT COPY. The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere as long as you can read one of these electronic versions of the book.